Not much to say, but I am curious as how people miss Cena? Wasn't he just on television for the Iraq special about a month ago? And even if you don't count that, it's been what, 3 months? I don't hate the guy but I do hate the way he is booked, so maybe that's why I would have like to see him come back at the earliest a week or two prior to Wrestlemania instead of shoehorning him into the Rumble and No Way Out.
Cena can't be beat because he's some unholy genetic recombinate of superstars past. I mean, you might as well call him John "Realest of the Real, Sargent Rock - Cold - A - Mania" Cena.
I started trying to catch WWE programming again for 2 reasons
1. Jericho was back 2. Cena was gone
you can imagine my thrill at the current state of programming.
I don't hate cena, but it's just the same story over and over and over again. it was ok when it was 1988 and it was hulk hogan, but now I just can't get into it anymore. I feel the same way to a slightly lesser extent about Triple H.
*sigh* I guess WWE sees more money in 16 year old females than in 30 year old males. I could have sworn it was the other way round.
No, it's not. Of course there's more money to be had from kids than there is from jaded 30 year-old guys wishing for the good ol' days.
To those who say people wouldn't look; they wouldn't be interested; they're too complacent, indifferent and insulated, I can only reply: There is, in one reporter's opinion, considerable evidence against that contention. But even if they are right, what have they got to lose? Because if they are right, and this instrument is good for nothing but to entertain, amuse and insulate, then the tube is flickering now and we will soon see that the whole struggle is lost. This instrument can teach, it can illuminate; yes, and it can even inspire. But it can do so only to the extent that humans are determined to use it to those ends. Otherwise it is merely wires, and lights, in a box.-Edward R. Murrow
I'm a 30+ year old male, and think Cena is pretty awesome. I'm glad he's back, as I've had no interest in anyone on top on Raw since he got hurt. Save for Jericho & Mickie James, the rest of my favorites on Raw are hardly ever on.
Plus there's still a lot of money in 30 year olds who are still buying tickets and showing up to boo Cena. The franchise, doin' big bidness, he lives this. If they hate, let 'em hate, he'll drop ya whole clan, lay yo ass DOWN for the three-second tan. ABADOO
No, see, that's the thing. I'm not going to show up to boo Cena. I don't hate him for ruleing the show the way some people hate him and hunter for such... I would just like something else instead, that's all. Cena is actually a great talent, and can work a crowd well... I actually made a point back around wrestlemania 19 or 20 of showing him to my brother and saying "that man is the next Rock"... but now, I'm just tired of him.
The best thing hunter did for his popularity (whether heel or face) was to take some breaks from both the sport (granted, some of them were injury forced) and a long break from the title picture. John really should have taken his 6-8 months off and come back to a real hero's welcome. Look at the welcome Jericho got. Remember when Hunter came back in 2002? etc. 3 months is not enough time to clense the collective palate of wrestling fandom who were simply tired of him being at the top (i assume that there are a lot of people agree with me).
I'm not going to boo someone because I'm tired of them. I'm going to boo them because they play a good villian that i want to see the face beat up. I'm thinking Christan circa jericho/trish/christan 3-way feud. I'm thinking big show circa big show/paul heyman vs brock lesnar. I'm thinking bobby the brain henan in any year that fits 198x.
Here's the real problem... it isn't even cena himself. It's vince and the booking committee. I'm sure that they came to cena and said "we need a pop for the rumble, how'd you like to come back early?" They're the ones pushing this on us. They looked like they learned their lesson with 2002 -> 2005 HHH (somewhat) but are immediately making the same mistake again with Cena. There's never going to be another Hogan, and they keep trying to make another one... In that they're looking for someone to carry the company and the belt non-stop for the next 10 years, and I really don't think that's what the business needs or should be trying to do in today's world. It worked in the 60s, 70s, and 80s because you might only see the champion wrestle a major match once ever few weeks at best, maybe once every few months. Now he wrestles every week, plus house shows and a sunday pay per view every month.
I'm not saying we need the situation of summer 2002 where we swap the belt to a new champion every 3 weeks, but I think we could do well with several legitmate main eventers per show, all of whom actually do get their decent reigns with the belt (reigns less than 3 weeks are not what i'm talking about here). I mean seroiusly, what would have been the HUGE problem with putting the belt on Jericho or Jeff Hardy just to use two recent examples?
I'm rambling and this is probably the wrong thread for this topic... suffice it to say, that this is why I don't really go out of my way to jump in front of the TV every monday night, and grab a torrent of the show if I remember to do so. The programming just really isn't targeted at ME anymore.
Overall, acceptable pre-WM show. Some fun stuff, but also some stuff I wasn't wild about. Hey, the crowd remembered from last week that they're supposed to answer "Damn straight!" to Cena. Good job, Joisey!